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Summer Concerts: You want beer with that? Craft week takes over many establisments

The St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation says almost 60 breweries are operating or planning to launch in the St. Louis area.
Veronique LaCapra | St. Louis Public Radio

Tap takeovers, National Mead Day, beer and cheese, beer and brats, beer and chocolate, dim sum and beer, yoga and beer, burgers and beer, art and beer, popcorn and beer, and beer artfully paired with only the finest varieties of Doritos: Surely in all of this there must be music.

And there is. St. Louis Craft Beer Week is fairly selective in its musical pairings, but a review of the long list of beer events (someone has to do it) came up with some gems.

The “week” runs from July 25 through Aug. 2, and includes venues throughout the area.

Craft Beer Week's opening night party will start the music at 8:30 p.m. July 25 at Cicero’s, 6691 Delmar Blovd.  The band is Hazard to Ya Booty. The next day Urban Chestnut Brewing Company,  3229 Washington Ave., will host a Blues & Que with Paul Bonn and Bluesmen playing from 1-5 p.m.

Looking ahead, that same Urban Chestnut location will host Oktoberfest in July on July 31. In the description, “Live music by Larry Hallar” is followed by "Oompah! Prost!" Could an accordion be involved?

On Aug. 1, a Deschutes Bee sampling will be at Blues City Deli, 2438 McNair Ave., and blues music is promised. Live music is also said to be part of the Grove Criterium Bike Race & Craft Beer event, which will go from 1-8 p.m., with the Grove location of Urban Chestnut as beer headquarters. East of Urban Chestnut in the Grove is where you’ll find the "Jerry Garcia birthday bash” at Atomic Cowboy. And at a Garcia party, one must have music.

All that leads to the finale from noon-4 p.m. Aug. 2 behind Rooster, 3150 S. Grand Blvd.: The Schurcipefones Festival. This one isn’t free (though the beer isn’t free at any of the other events, either).

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We are looking for other free, outdoor concert series to add. We have contacted some and will get the information onto the chart as soon as possible. Check back weekly for information about upcoming concerts.

Send information to dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.